Article published in:Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory: Selected papers from ‘Going Romance’ Amsterdam 2007
Edited by Enoch Oladé Aboh, Elisabeth van der Linden, Josep Quer and Petra Sleeman
[Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 1] 2009
► pp. 131–144
The early steps of modal and negation interactions
Evidence from child Italian
Children’s interpretation of scopally ambiguous sentences has been the subject of much recent research. In this paper, we address this issue by looking at children’s interpretation of sentences containing an ambiguity between different scope-bearing elements, namely negation and a modal verb in Italian. We present experimental results suggesting that Italian-speaking children differ from Italian-speaking adults in that they choose strong inverse scope interpretations rather than weak surface scope interpretations.
Published online: 19 November 2009
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Moscati, Vincenzo & Stephen Crain
Moscati, Vincenzo, Jacopo Romoli, Tommaso Federico Demarie & Stephen Crain
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